Local lighthouses light up Narragansett Bay at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium this month

Local lighthouses light up Narragansett Bay at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium this month

NEWPORT, R.I. – May 2, 2018 – “Narragansett Bay has a long history of lighthouses guiding wayward vessels through the shallows of our rocky Bay,” said Adam Kovarsky, Save The Bay’s Exploration Center Manager. Because of that history, Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium programs will focus on local lighthouses this May, educating visitors about the functions and purpose of lighthouses with themed activities including a lighthouse craft, scavenger hunt and the story, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward.

From its beachfront location inside Easton’s Beach Rotunda at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport, the Exploration Center and Aquarium houses over 40 species of marine life from Narragansett Bay, as well as three touch tanks that allow visitors to get up close with various crabs, sharks and other critters. The Exploration Center and Aquarium is open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until Memorial Day, before opening daily for the summer. General admission is $8; discounted admission for senior citizens and those with a military ID is $7. Save The Bay members can enjoy FREE admission for two adults and up to four children. For more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium, visit www.savebay.org/aquarium or call 401-324-6020.

Save The Bay’s lighthouse tours give visitors yet another opportunity to explore the many lighthouses of Narragansett Bay. Northern Bay Lighthouse tours, departing from the Bay Center in Providence, will run from 1–4:30 p.m. on June 16, July 21 and September 15. This 3.5-hour excursion takes guests past eight lighthouses and on an interior tour of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. Southern Bay Lighthouse tours, departing from Fort Adams in Newport and running from 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on July 14 and September 29, will take guests to the lower part of Narragansett Bay to view 11 lighthouses and experience an interior tour of the Rose Island Lighthouse. The Ultimate Lighthouse Tour will run from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on June 23, July 28, August 11 and September 22, taking visitors on a narrated tour of 19 lighthouses. Departing from Providence, this trip includes a lunch stop and a tour of the Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds. Proceeds from all lighthouse tours benefit the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation and Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, contributing to the restoration and preservation of these beautiful beacons of Narragansett Bay. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.savebay.org/lighthouse.

About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay works to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through advocacy, education, and restoration efforts. It envisions a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.